What motivates you? We all have those runs where we go into thinking it will be slow/crappy/unpleasant for whatever reason. Make excuses for why you can’t pull it together before you even manage to strap your watch on and tie your shoes.
I’ve been on night shifts all week and slept like crap every day. Yesterday I maybe got 5 hours of sleep total (not all at once) and ended up going to the gym twice for a total of 3 hours – the second trip after giving up on trying to fall back asleep when I woke from my afternoon nap. After working all night, I headed to my sister’s neighborhood to do my run before I had to babysit. I was dead tired. Brain said “sorry, nope, those tempo intervals aren’t happening”. So instead I decided to head out for a causal jog, finishing at my favorite coffee shop to grab much needed caffeine before I babysat.
I started out slowly and somewhere along the way decided I HAD to run through Balboa Park…as if I don’t do that every week at NP. I’m really bad at math when I’m tired, so by the time I got to Sixth Ave I looked at my watch and realized “shit, I really need to pick up the pace if I want to have enough time to get coffee”. I FLOORED it.
Mile 5 was probably more in line with the 4th mile, but there was an incident where a bee got caught in my braid and I had to stop. I forgot to pause my watch because HELLO THERE WAS FREAKIN BEE IN MY HAIR. Finally got it out without being stung and proceeded on. On the last stretch I was becoming exceedingly annoyed that I kept getting stopped at red lights for ridiculous amounts of time. I hit sub 7 pace uphill for a little while. I really wanted that damn coffee.
While I could’ve opted for a much shorter, slower route, my desire to run through one of the coolest places in SD and to get my sweet delicious nectar of the gods kept me moving. Besides which, every time I run through that park all I can think about is how lucky I am to live here. Instead of the 8:15-ish average pace I was planning on, I ended up with a 7:41. Hey, whatever works.
Coffee shop: Dark Horse // North Park Way & 30th, San Diego
Drink: Champ // Espresso, steamed almond milk, honey, cinnamon,
In other totally unrelated news, my first trail half marathon is tomorrow! I have completed a trail 10K (and that course is part of my half course). “A” goal: don’t fall or break an ankle. Wish me luck!